Doubling to 2,000 the number of visas available to the brightest and best talent from around the world, including in digital technology (for background, check out the Telegraph)
A new £20M fund to help public services take advantage of UK expertise in innovative technologies like Artificial Intelligence (for a general overview,
we’d recommend Ingrid Lunden‘s TechCrunch article)
An investment of £21 million to expand Tech City UK into a nationwide network – Tech Nation – to accelerate the growth of the digital tech sector across the country
We welcome all and any initiatives by the UK government to increase the deployment of AI. At CognitionX, we are here to multiply the effects of this new funding by bringing clarity and helping the public and private sectors identify companies to deploy AI faster and more confidently.
I’ll be at the roundtable at Number 10 discussing these announcements this afternoon.
Nearly all (95%) of the 2,270 white-collar workers in a recent Cisco survey believe that AI and virtual assistants can improve some of the more mundane aspects of their jobs, like taking notes, typing documents, scheduling meetings and juggling emails. Respondents hailed from the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil China, France,
Germany, India and the U.K.
57% of those quizzed by Cisco said virtual assistants would help make their teams more productive and 51% said it would make them more focused. And most folks aren’t worried about AI coming for their jobs. In fact, approximately 60% of respondents said that advancements in technology would lead to more jobs.
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This week, we came across a clinical study which aims to find out if terminally ill, geriatric patients might be more inclined to share their symptoms or ask questions to a chat bot when no other human is present. The researchers expect that the patients will find these tools useful and say that having such a service available to hospitals and clinics will be valuable to patients long before they’re in hospice care.
iUNU’s Luna camera network works with a rail system with automated cameras that keep track of plants and how they are changing over time. So rather than having to do a daily crop walk, which could take hours, the growers can quickly have a set of cameras run across the plants and get a visual snapshot of those plants’ health. That
information then feeds into a computer vision system on the company’s back-end, which applies machine learning to detect potential problems (like leaf discoloration) and helps those growers zero in on the areas that they actually need to address.
“While we’re doing something that seems really broad or really simple, it’s a derivative of highly granular HD sensors and repurposing facial recognition for plant recognition in a way that there’s a lot of highly millimeter level accuracy detail required to do it,” iUNU CEO Adam Greenberg said.
The UK Parliament inquiry, back in February, launched an an inquiry into algorithmic decision-making to examine the increasing use of algorithms in public and business decision making.
Check out their first session, which took place yesterday; witnesses included: Hetan Shah (Executive Director,
Royal Statistical Society) and Dr Sandra Wachter (Lawyer and Researcher in Data Ethics, AI, and Robotics at the Oxford Internet Institute).
Bill Gates has invested $80M into a planned smart city based outside Phoenix, Arizona, according to local news publication AZ Central. The investment was made through a group controlled by Gates’ investment firm Cascade Investment, which bought a stake in a 24,800-acre development in Belmont. The plan is for 80,000 homes to be built, with 3,800 acres reserved for industrial, office, and retail space, 3,400 acres of open space, and 470 acres dedicated for public schools.
The smart city will be designed to feature high-speed networks, data centers, autonomous cars and vehicles, new manufacturing technologies, and automated logistics hubs. “Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model,” Belmont Properties said in a statement.
When Polly Mackenzie heard her cleaner was ill and unable to work her normal day, she was hoping to reschedule through the Handy site that supplied her.
But that was not how the system worked. When her cleaner was unable to attend on her regular day, Handy offered to send a replacement. The app blocked
the cleaner from working for her again. New York-based Handy told the BBC the cleaner was automatically blocked by its system as she had appeared as a “no show”. Handy said at no point was the cleaner banned and that it was now “reviewing its policy regarding waiving fees for emergencies such as this”.
Nissan recently demonstrated an Infiniti Q50 prototype fitted with the most advanced version of its ProPilot self-driving system. ProPilot is Nissan and Infiniti’s new banner for self-driving technologies, and right now it only consists of electronic driver assist features, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and warning systems.
However, much more advanced features are coming, and sooner than you think. And perhaps most incredible of all is Nissan’s promise to have the system ready to deploy as early as 2020, though the automaker doesn’t mention whether it will be available on a showroom model or reserved for test fleets.
Investors should not overlook Intel’s artificial intelligence prowess, according to one Wall Street firm. Barclays reiterated its overweight rating and raised its price target for Intel shares, predicting the chipmaker will thrive in multiple secular growth markets.
“Intel has a better position in the AI inference market than they get credit for, which we expect to begin to play out in 2018,” analyst Blayne Curtis wrote in a note to clients Monday. The analyst is also optimistic on the company’s acquisition of Mobileye, a leader in autonomous driving technology solutions and Intel’s wireless modem business.
Doctors in the US might soon start prescribing a pill that can tell them whether you’ve truly taken your medication. The Food and Drug administration has approved the country’s first digitally tracked medicine to ensure patients comply with their prescriptions, since non-compliance is a costly problem that could negatively affect a patient’s health. Still, medical professionals are raising concerns about using pills that can be tracked, especially because, for some reason, the drug the FDA approved is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The pill called Abilify MyCite has a sensor made of copper, magnesium and silicon that produces an electric signal when your stomach acids start the digestion process. Its accompanying patch that you need to stick to your ribcage sends the date and time when it detects the signal to a mobile app. You can then choose to share that data with your doctor or a family member.